I understand that, at 31st March, 1954, 13 countries who are active members of the World Health Organisation had not paid their contributions for 1953 and two countries had paid only part of their contributions; some of these countries had not paid all their contributions in respect of earlier years. The total amount outstanding from these countries was 940,549 dollars of which 376,259 dollars related to 1953.
It is a rather complicated question. The countries referred to in my answer are active countries in the ordinary sense of the word in that they have not withdrawn, as some of the Communist countries have done. They have not forfeited any privileges as a result.
Since the amount outstanding is only 3½ per cent. of the budget, is it really disgraceful when judged by the general standards that are applicable to international organisations?